2012 Santos Tour Down Under 8 Day Trip
Duration: 8 days (7 nights)
Dates: Sunday 15 – Sunday 22 January 2012
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel
TRIP COST: $3250.00 Australian Dollars
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1220.00
EXTRA NIGHT’S ACCOMMODATION:
SINGLE ROOM: $320.00
DOUBLE ROOM: $320.00
TWIN SHARE (DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY): $160.00
- 7 nights (Sun-Sat) at the Hilton Hotel
- 2 evening meals
- 3 picnic lunches
- Breakfast each day
- Sightseeing and shopping, including winery visits
- Daily viewing of the Santos Tour Down Under
- Transport and guides each day including support for non cyclists
- Expert advice and mechanical assistance
- Guided rides with opportunities to ride the course
- Detailed Itinerary including maps
- Complimentary cycling jersey and cap
- Trip Pack: Info on how to prepare for your trip and what to take
- Airport transfers on first and last day of your trip
Sunday 15 January Down Under Classic, Adelaide
Get along to Rymill Park from 4.45pm to get acquainted with the teams for the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under.
Welcome to the Santos Tour Down Under and Race Headquarters, the Adelaide Hilton. We will collect you from the airport today.
Depending on your arrival time we will organise a ride along the beaches later in the afternoon or you can take a stroll through the nearby Rundle Mall and explore the city.
Also situated directly in front of our hotel is the Adelaide City Council Tour Village. This is where the teams make their base for the week. It is a hive of activity. Each night be sure to watch the genius of the mechanics at work, catch a glimpse of the riders as they finish for the day (don’t forget your autograph book!), catch-up on all the race results, buy your official race merchandise and take a look at the trade displays.
With teams returning each day to the Hilton Adelaide, the Village is a focal point for the event incorporating the following aspects:
- The team mechanics’ preparation area
- A base for the team support cars
- Event update information
- Refreshment areas
- The idea behind the Village is to provide a hub for the event and the opportunity for enthusiasts and novices alike to feel some firsthand involvement in the event.
Later in the afternoon we will head down to watch the Down Under Classic.
Club Tour Members
Watch the curtain raiser to the Santos Tour Down Under from the Club Tour viewing platform. With great catering and refreshments, there will be no jostling for position as you enjoy the very best view of the race.
We will have your Club Tour, Mutual Challenge and Legends Dinner tickets available for you on arrival.
Monday, 16 January, Official Rest Day
Today we will take a ride up into the Adelaide Hills along some of Australia’s best cycling roads.
We will discuss options and do one hilly long ride of around 80km up into the hills around Mt Lofty and Hahndorf. We’ll stop in Hahndorf for something to eat before returning home.
For those wanting something a bit less strenuous we will do a ride down along the beaches doing about 60km, stopping for a coffee.
The Pros will be heading out for their training rides during the morning as well. This is a great time to spot the star as they meander through the lobby on their way to the village to get their bikes and head out.
This afternoon we will leave the hotel at 2.30pm for a tour and tasting the historic Penfolds Magill Estate. Nestled in the foothills of Adelaide and only 15 minutes from the CBD, the historic Penfolds Magill Estate is the original home of Penfolds wines and of Australia’s most prized wine, the famous Grange.
This winery exudes the charm and character of its founders, whose pioneering spirit brought their family name into the homes of the Australian people more than 165 years ago. A visit here will allow you the chance to immerse yourself in the history, philosophy and spirit of Penfolds, at the first home of Penfolds. We will take a fascinating journey through the underground tunnels, Grange cottage – the original home of Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold, the heritage-listed bluestone cellars and Still House, before taste-testing your way through the famous Penfolds wines.
Tonight there will be a welcome function at 7.00pm, where you will get the chance to meet the Bikestyle team and your companions for the next few days.
Meals: Breakfast and Welcome Dinner
Tuesday, 17 January – Stage 1 – Prospect to Clare (149km)
Start and Finish: Prospect to Clare
Start Time: 11am
SKODA King of the Mountain: N/A
Jayco Sprint Locations: Main Street, Kapunda and Main Street, Riverton
Feed Station: Clare Road, Kapunda
Finish Time: 2.54pm ETA
Race Distance: 149km
This is the tour’s second visit to the Clare Valley and it’s first stage finish.
This morning we will leave the hotel by bus bright and early at 8.00am. First stop will be Gawler where we will begin our first of three ride options for today. From Gawler it’s 110 kilometres to the finish in the main street of Clare. It’s an undulating with a rise of 200 metres in elevation towards the end before it gently drops down again into Clare. As we approach Clare we will ride through pretty farmlands and vineyards.
To ensure we cater for all comers each day we do our best to offer a few different riding options. Today you will have the opportunity to also ride from Kapunda for a 75 kilometre ride or Riverton for a 45 kilometre ride.
All rides will finish in Clare where we will have a picnic lunch and sample some of the local beers and wines and await the race.
Clare is a pretty country town at the centre of one of South Australia’s premier wine regions, Clare offers fine dining, panoramic views and today the finish of the Stage one for 2012.
Just north of the town is one of South Australia’s finest country racecourses, along with a cluster of wineries: Mt Surmon, Cardinham and Phoenix Estate. Wineries in and around Clare include the much-lauded Tim Adams and Knappstein (in the old Enterprise Brewery). Clare is also at the northern end of the Riesling Trail.
We have organised a wine tasting at the Knappstein Winery in Clare prior to the race finish. It is one of the most recognizable popular Clare Valley wineries. A small producer of premium quality wines who manage their own vineyard, harvest the fruit at vintage and make and sell wine. Knappstein is located in the original nineteenth century Enterprise Brewery, itself a National Trust building and the landmark of the Clare township.
After the race has finished and the jerseys are presented we will return home to the Hilton in time to see the race highlights on television and enjoy the evening in Adelaide. Adelaide is famous for it’s food and it would be a crime if you didn’t go out and try some of the good restaurants it has to offer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Wednesday, 18 January – Stage 2 – Lobethal to Stirling (148km)
Start and Finish: Lobethal to Stirling
Start Time: 11am
SKODA King of the Mountain: Fox Creek, Lenswood
Jayco Sprint Locations: Main Street, Mt Torrens and Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah
Feed Station: Mt Barker Road, Stirling
Finish Time: 2.45pm ETA
Race Distance: 148km
This morning we will first be going to see all the excitement of the start in Lobethal before heading across to see the multiple laps and finish in Stirling. It’s always a great atmosphere and finish to match here. We will set up in the park on the race course where you will be able to congregate and get some light refreshments. For lunch we suggest you try a local cafe in the town. The local restaurants will have street stalls with lots of local produce to tempt your taste buds!
Our rides for today will include the option to ride from the hotel to Lobethal via Norton Summit (yes that means hill) and along Basket range road to Lobethal. Here we will see the start and then when the riders leave heading east we will head west by bike or bus for Stirling where we will see base ourselves for the duration of the afternoon. Once at Stirling you will also have the choice to do a lap of the circuit and return to Stirling.
After the race finish we will return to the hotel by bike or bus. It’s a bit of a climb up to Crafers before we get on the bike path and drop down into Adelaide.
Tonight you are again free to explore the local eating scene!
Thursday, 19 January – Colemans Group Stage 3 –Unley to Victor Harbor (134.5km)
Start and Finish: Unley to Victor Harbor
Start Time: 11am (King William Road, Unley)
SKODA King of the Mountain: Main South Road, Sellicks Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: Victor Harbor Road, Mt Compass and Cadell Street, Goolwa
Feed Station: Goolwa Road, near Mt Compass
Finish Time: 2.43pm ETA
Race Distance: 134.5km
Today we are going to skip the start in Unley and head south! The start in Unley is the busiest of all the starts these days and it’s quite difficult to see much of the riders and the race. We’ll get in the bus and head down to the pretty little town of Mount Compass to begin all our rides. We are aware that tomorrow is your Big Day in the Bupa Challenge Tour so we will keep the rides a bit shorter today.
From Mount Compass we will follow the race route down to the coast, passing through pretty Goolwa and then follow the coast and the race route to Victor Harbor where our shorter ride of about 40 kilometres will finish. The longer ride can follow the race route out of Victor and do a loop before returning to the finish at Victor Harbor giving a total of about 65 kilometres. When we arrive in Victor we can change into our casual clothes, have a bite to eat and do a little exploring before the race arrives in town. The causeway to Granite Island is right where we stop and can be reached by a Clydesdale-drawn tram or walk across and absorb the stunning sea views.
Victor Harbor is all about the sun, surf, sand, stunning views and intimate wildlife encounters.
It’s here that you’ll find the Little Penguins of Granite Island, Southern Right Whales blowing into Encounter Bay, and some of South Australia’s best surf at beaches like Petrel Cove, Chiton Rocks and the Dump.
Victor Harbor features outstanding early colonial architecture, good pubs, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of accommodation and fun events to attend.
Generations of South Australians have made Victor Harbor their summer holiday destination – and it’s easy to see why.
Tonight we have organised dinner for you to ensure you have all the carbs you need for tomorrow and an early night as well.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Friday, 20 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Tanunda (130km)
Start and Finish: Norwood to Tanunda
Start Time: 11am (The Parade, Norwood)
SKODA King of the Mountain: Noreseworth Road – Smith Hill, near Kersbrook and Menglers Hill Road, Menglers Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: Little Para Road, Kersbrook and Melrose Street, Mt Pleasant
Feed Station: Main Street, Springton
Finish Time: 2.31pm ETA
Race Distance: 130km
It’s our day to ride the same route as the professionals this morning in the Bupa Challenge Tour with a choice of ride distances to take us to the finish in Tanunda just before the race arrives around 2.30 this afternoon. Once we arrive at the finish we’ll join the thousands of other tired riders and witness some of the world’s top bike racers cross the finish line, possibly even more tired than us!
Our Ride Options Today Are:
The Bupa Challenge Tour is ideal for individuals or social, corporate and sporting teams looking for a ride with a difference. It’s your opportunity to ride a stage of a UCI WorldTour event, the same day as the Pro Teams. It’s a challenge – not a race. Part of the Škoda Breakaway Series, this event is for regular cyclists who can make the distance – will you make it to the finish before the professionals arrive?
The full course of 138km begins in the restaurant and fashion hub of Norwood just 10 minutes from the CBD. From here it winds its way into the Adelaide Hills and onto the Barossa Valley for the finish in Tanunda. Additional start locations are at Gumeracha, Mt Pleasant and Tanunda.
The ride options for the Bupa Challenge Tour are as follows:
- Norwood – Tanunda, 138km
- Gumeracha – Tanunda, 102km
- Mt Pleasant – Tanunda, 79km
- Tanunda – Tanunda, 33km
NOTE: There is one escape route offered along the Bupa Stage 4 route. This will take 19km off the course and avoid the Skoda King of the Mountain climb at Menglers Hill. This escape route is available to all riders from all start locations. The individual point to point documents will contain further information about this option.
We will be on hand to help you with whatever option you choose. There will be transport provided to all starts except Norwood (we will ride there) and transport for the weary bodies back to the Hilton afterwards.
Today we will be heading down toTanunda to collect our weary riders after their early morning start and long ride! Many of you will have partners doing the event today and you will be keen to see how they went so we’ll travel to the finish in the bus. But if not you probably haven’t had a chance to see much of Adelaide yet so you may wish to take a day out and see this elegant city.
Meals: Breakfast, (lunch is included in your ride entry package).
Saturday 21 January. TDU Stage 5: McLaren Vale to Willunga (151.5km)
Start and Finish: McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill
Start Time: 11am McLaren Vale
Skoda King of the Mountain: Old Willunga Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: The Esplanade, Aldinga Beach (Snapper Point)
Feed Station: Main Road Willunga at Kell Street
Finish Time: 2.52pm ETA, Old Willunga Hill
Race Distance: 151.5km
Today’s TDU stage heads back to the Fleurieu Peninsula. This region boasts that it “has it all”, so we should be in for a contrasting days racing and riding. For the first time in the event’s 14 year history, cyclists will finish Jayco Stage 5 at the top of Old Willunga Hill after a challenging ŠKODA King of the Mountain climb, which should be a spectacular finish
We’ll probably take things a bit easier today, after yesterdays ride, and save our energy for tonight’s party. Today you’ll be provided with a picnic lunch on the course near or on Old Willunga Hill where the race passes twice and where the race finish will be!
Our Ride options today are:
We will ride directly to see the start at McLaren Vale today followed by the short ride to Willunga for the day where we will base ourselves for the race. We will have a picnic lunch and be ideally placed to see the riders pass each time.
- Our 60km ride today will start from the hotel and head up through the hills along the bike path that follows the Southern Expressway to the vineyards of McLaren Vale making a ride of approx 50km. We will see the race start and then move onto Willunga to see the remaining laps. Today is normally a decider in the overall for the Tour Down Under and today should be no exception.
- After the race we will return to the hotel by van or bike (50kms).
This morning we will head down to McLaren Vale and finally Willunga. While at the start you could do a spot of wine tasting at McLaren Vale before we go to our race-side location for our picnic lunch!
Today We Visit:
Where the Vines Meet the Sea
The McLaren Vale Wine Region is located just to the South of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, on the beautiful and geographically diverse Fleurieu Peninsula. The township of McLaren Vale, which gives its name to the region, is only 37 km from the centre of Adelaide and can be reached in approximately 45 minutes by car. It is rare to find a premium winemaking area so close to a major urban area. This proximity to the State capital makes the region an attractive destination for visitors.
Mostly known for its ripe, generously flavoured wines the region produces:
• Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Merlot.
• Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling.
• There is also experimentation with Viognier, Marsanne and Sangiovese.
There are over 60 cellar doors in McLaren Vale. With the restaurants and cafés in the region, they pride themselves on their expert combination two local passions of wine and food.
Willunga is a charming historic town mostly famous because in 1837 the first colonial exploratory expedition in the state terminated where the town of Willunga now stands. Slate was discovered here in 1840 and use of slate is evident in roofs, water tanks, floors, footpaths, bridges and even fence posts. At the turn of the century Willunga saw the introduction of almonds and now vineyards and olives are making their mark.
Tonight is the Legends’ Night Dinner. The Santos Tour Down Under rolls out the red carpet and gives cycling fans the chance to glam up, head out to celebrate and see cycling champions honoured.
Legends’ NIght Dinner (optional)
Announcements of the 2012 legends will be made in the coming months. In 2011, seven time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, headlined the Legends’ Night Dinner. Sprint sensation Mark Cavendish also starred at the dinner, giving insights to Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen in a question and answer session.
Mark Beretta – sports anchor for Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, was MC for the dinner. The Legends’ Night Dinner has become an annual tradition that honours the world’s cycling greats. The Legends Dinner is a unique chance for you to mingle with the stars of cycling as well as enjoy a great nights out.
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre
Time: from 7.30pm
If you are going to the Legends Dinner this evening we will transfer you to the venue at 6.30pm from outside the hotel. Taxis will be available for you to return when you wish.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Sunday 22 January Stage 6 Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide City Circuit (90km)
Start and Finish: Adelaide City Council Street Circuit
Start Time: 1.15pm (King William Road, Elder Park)
Skoda King of the Mountain: Montefiore Hill
Jayco Sprint Locations: King William Road
Finish Time: 3.15pm* approximately
Race Distance: 90km
This is the last official day of our trip and we are available to transfer you from our hotel to Adelaide airport today. For those of you departing later today there is the chance to see the final stage of the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under as it makes 20 laps of a street circuit through the Adelaide parklands, an easy walk from our hotel.
Today’s stage is usually full of action, as it is the last chance for race glory and where all of the classifications will be decided. There are plenty of opportunities to see the racing as the riders hurtle around laps of the street circuit, taking in the view of Adelaide’s city skyline. You can see all of the action on the Big Screen and there are areas to enjoy local food, wine and entertainment. After the race are the presentations where you’ll have a chance to take a last few photos of the winners to show all your friends and club mates when you get home.
Our Ride options today are:
Our plan for this morning is to do a ride along the beaches of Adelaide, before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the morning is free until we go to see the final stage at 12.30pm.
However we may be persuaded to take a later ride after breakfast for those who had a late night out at the Legends Dinner last night!
The East End Markets are on this morning so you may like to wander down for a look or maybe a lazy sleep in if you were dancing the night away at the Legends Dinner. Adelaide’s newest attractions, the Pandas at the Adelaide Zoo are also a short walk from our hotel.